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PREVIEW: The Grecians head to Brunton Park

A look ahead to our weekend opponents

18 August 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: The Grecians head to Brunton Park

A look ahead to our weekend opponents

18 August 2023

These teams have had some real contests over the years, with this being another encounter to look forward to.


Exeter head into this weekend looking to bounce back from their midweek home defeat at the hands of one of the early pace setters, Portsmouth.

They kicked things off with a stunning 3-0 victory on the road at Wycombe, but were disappointed not to turn chances into goals last Saturday when they drew 0-0 with Blackpool on their own patch.

Their summer transfer activity started with the arrival of Eastleigh defender Vincent Harper on a two-year deal for an undicslosed fee.

That was followed by the arrival of striker Jack Aitchison, after he left Motherwell, also for two years.

Midfielder Reece Cole completed a successful trial period when he penned for a year.

A trio of loans followed - Chelsea winger Dion Rankine, Brentford midfielder Ryan Trevitt and Villa stopper Viljami Sinisalo all came in for the season.

Zak Jules switched from MK Dons for an undisclosed fee, and the most recent of the additions was Finnish wing-back Ilmari Niskanen, who signed from Dundee United for another undisclosed amount.

who watch

Striker James Scott looks like he might just be settling in following his January arrival from Hull.

He got a goal in each of his first two outings this term, making it two from four games, and is a young player who is tipped to make an impact.

If selected he'll look for the gaps and the channels. He's our one to keep an eye on.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Exeter wins
League 20 17 28
Cup 0 1 1
Total 20 18 29

The Grecians were in Carlisle in April 2022 and a very late goal from Padraig Amond nicked all three points from what had all the signs of a stalemate until that very moment.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Jon Mellish was sent off just before half-time when Carlisle went to Exeter in November 2021, and Sam Nombe and Jake Caprice turned the screw in the second period to open up a two-goal gap. Jordan Gibson scored as United rallied, but it was the home side who took the points.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Lewis Alessandra scored with just nine minutes on the clock when these teams came together in January 2021. That was the only goal of what turned out to be a very tight game - with United emerging from a horrible period of Covid and weather related postponements at the time.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

United were down in Exeter in October 2020 when a goal from former Blue Tom Parkes was enough to claim the home win. Gime Toure was sent off midway through the second half for the Blues.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, these teams locked horns just once during the 2019/20 campaign. That was in September 2019 where late goals from Aaron Martin and Nicky Law cancelled out Olufela Olomola's earlier equaliser, after Lee Martin had opened the scoring.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Prior to that, it was another Brunton Park meeting in February 2019, when a bright start from the Grecians brought a stunning goal from Nicky Law. His initial effort from a free kick struck the wall, but he reacted smartly to volley the rebound into the bottom corner. Carlisle pushed and pushed for an equaliser, and they eventually got the reward they deserved when Devitt smashed an unstoppable set piece into the top corner.

The first game of the 2018/19 season took us to Exeter for an encounter which was played out in blistering heat. Early goals for the hosts from Nicky Law and Jonathan Forte set the Blues on the back foot, but Richie Bennett glanced a header into the net before the break to keep the Cumbrians in the hunt. There were chances to level it in the second period but Tristan Abrahams scored late in the day to make sure Exeter took the points.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Prior to that we were in Exeter once again towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign. It was a 1-1- draw, and Ashley Nadesan scored the Carlisle goal in what was a very keenly fought game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Adam Herczeg
Assistant Referee 1 - Graeme Fyvie
Assistant Referee 2 - Mark Cunliffe
Fourth Official - Wayne Grunnill
Observer - Scott Duncan
Coach - Graham Laws

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Adam Herczeg.

Click HERE to read our Ref Watch article for this fixture.


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